Foundation Course

About the Foundation Course 

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These introductory courses last four days (two weekends, 3 or 4 weeks apart) making up 24 training hours. We run occasional weekday foundation courses.  See below for dates.                                                       

The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12. In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.

Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.

The normal course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments throughout the two weekends. Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied on request.

External CPD is usually applied for from the Royal College of Physicians for all Foundation and Intermediate courses.

Medical Students (4th and 5th year) and final-year students of osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy can attend our Foundation Course. Student places are limited to two per course and there is a generous student discount.

Partcipants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership of the Society for their first two years.

Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.


The Foundation Course programme

Days 1 & 2

9am - 5.30pm

  • Overview & brief history

  • Safety brief

  • Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm

  • Trigger points

  • Safety questionnaire

9am - 5pm

  • Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg

  • Neurophysiology

  • Clinical aspects

  • Clinical cases for discussion

  • Safety & side effects


Days 3 & 4

9am - 5pm

  • Traditional acupuncture

  • Lecture and practicals on face & abdomen

  • Segmental Acupuncture

  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

  • ENT & respiratory

  • Dermatology

9am - 5pm

  • Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical

  • Neurology & psychology

  • Ear acupuncture & addictions

  • Research & audit

  • Running a clinic

  • Quiz

  • Case presentations


Foundation Course dates and venues

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Course Fees 2016

4 day (two weekends) course - £620
4 day London courses - £650 

Dates and Venues 2016

YORK: District General Hospital
Two weekends: 30/31 Jan & 27/28 Feb 2016

BATH: Bath United Hospital
Two weekends: 13/14 February & 12/13 March 2016

Four weekdays: 21-24 March 2016

NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
Two weekends: 28/29 May & 25/26 June 2016

DUBLIN: Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy
Long weekend: 17 - 20 June 2016

GLASGOW: Gartnavel Hospital
Two weekends: 3/4 September & 1/2 October 2016

Four weekdays: 12-15 September 2016

Foundation Course for Nurses
NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
Long weekend: 30 September - 3 October 2016

NORTHWICH Cheshire: BMAS House, Northwich CW8 1AQ
22/23 October & 19/20 November 2016

5/6 November & 3/4 December 2016

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Six months after finishing your Foundation course please complete this questionnaire to help the BMAS assess the effectiveness of our Foundation Course in promoting the use of acupuncture.